Vision Statement:

To educate and inspire our community to commit to zero waste goals and practices that will positively impact our environment, human health, and the economy.  

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to advocate for zero waste policies in our local government and raise awareness about the simple things people can do in their daily lives to reduce waste.


Zero Waste Gainesville is a community group advocating for our city to become zero waste by 2040. We view sustainable waste management as a way to solve multiple environmental issues facing our community and beyond. We recognize that zero waste principles, often referred to as the 5 R’s (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot), are important in reducing the waste that goes to our local landfill and addressing environmental concerns such as climate change, water quality, air quality and energy consumption. This takes not only government planning and policy to achieve, it requires a shift in the mindset and behavior of all members of the community. It requires our local government to start planning now to improve waste management and recycling practices. It involves educating the community about ways to change their daily habits to reduce the waste they generate, and recycle, reuse or compost the rest. Join us in the effort to improve our environment and quality of life.

There is no such thing as “away”. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.
— Annie Leonard